The Great Depression gave a new meaning to the word “despair,” especially for those who did not know where they would sleep or how their next meal would be supplied. In 1937, Dr. Paul Beacham, Attorney John Henry, and other local businessmen responded to the need by creating a soup kitchen and small mission in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1948, a lodge was built with 12 beds for transient men on the first floor and mothers with children on the second floor. This “Gospel Rescue Mission” evolved into what is known today as Miracle Hill Ministries. Today, Miracle Hill provides shelter, food and hope for thousands of people each year.
A small thrift store was established to raise operating funds. A milk truck, donated by a local dairy farm, was used to pick up donations. Today, Miracle Hill Thrift Operations includes eight store locations in the Upstate. It plays a vital role in providing operating funds for the ministry programs and work-training skills for the men and women enrolled in Miracle Hill’s recovery programs.
That same year, land was purchased in Pickens County to be used as a rehabilitation center for alcoholics. However, due to increasing demands to care for children who could no longer stay in their homes, the mission board established the land as Miracle Hill Children’s Home with the first building built completely by volunteer labor in 1958. As the flooring of another building was being poured in concrete a storm began to rage. Staff members gathered and began to pray. The rain fell all around the hill where the volunteers were working diligently, but not one drop fell on them and they were able to complete their work. Miss Vera – a staff member – shouted “That’s a miracle hill” and that is how we got our name.
Today, the children’s home has five home-style cottages with houseparents that continue to serve children in need.
Realizing that children thrive in a family environment, Miracle Hill began a foster care program in 1988. As a child placing agency, we recruit and equip Christian foster parents to care for children in need. To become a Miracle Hill foster parent you must be an Evangelical Christian at least 21 years of age, pass background checks and home inspections, and complete training classes.
Miracle Hill Overcomers Center moved from its original location at Greenville Rescue Mission, to its current location at the old monastery on Pleasantburg Drive in 2010. Overcomers is a seven-month, Christian recovery program that uses a Biblical adaptation of the 12-step recovery model for men suffering from life-dominating addictions.
Miracle Hill’s name developed from a miracle on “The Hill” at Miracle Hill Children’s Home situated at the foot of Table Rock. Volunteer construction workers prayed that the rain would hold off around their site – and it did – on what is now known as Miracle Hill. Today, Miracle Hill Ministries helps provide miracles to others by restoring hope to those who have often lost everything.